WILLAMINA — Mariah Woodward thanked Superintendent Gus Forster for his commitment to her class at Willamina High School’s 102nd commencement, held Saturday afternoon at Glen Larkins field, ...

 

 

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Family, friends mourn lives lost in latest US massacre

Two of the victims were coaches. One was a student who played trombone in the school band. Another proudly wore his ROTC uniform. Still another loved soccer. And most were so very young.

 

FBI says it failed to investigate tip on Florida suspect

PARKLAND, Fla. — The FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a “desire to kill” and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate, the agency said Friday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott called for the FBI director to resign because of the agency's failure.

 

Khodorkovsky plots out a long game: a post-Putin Russia

LONDON — He once was Russia's richest man, and then for 10 years its most famous prisoner. Now Mikhail Khodorkovsky wants to try a new mantle: godfather of Russian democracy.

 

Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

NEW YORK — Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook's financial support of some advisers who approved of the app.

 

Myanmar government under Suu Kyi cracks down on journalists

BANGKOK — When five Myanmar journalists were sentenced to decadelong prison terms for reporting the alleged existence of a military-run chemical weapons factory in Myanmar a few years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi — then an opposition lawmaker — condemned the harsh punishments as “very excessive.”

 

Lunar showstopper: Super blue blood moon awes and wows

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The moon put on a rare cosmic show Wednesday: a red blue moon, super big and super bright.

 

Arizona man says he sold ammunition to Las Vegas shooter

LAS VEGAS — An Arizona man named in court documents as a “person of interest” during the investigation of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history said he had met the shooter one time and sold ammunition to him.

 

Analysts say Trump comments bad news for North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — President Donald Trump's fiery comments on North Korea reflected confidence that his campaign of pressure and sanctions on the country is working, South Korean analysts said ...

Abuse victims return for Nassar's final sentencing hearing

CHARLOTTE — Larry Nassar appeared Wednesday in a Michigan courtroom for the start of his third and final sentencing hearing, and a judge said that 265 people have come forward to say they were abused by the disgraced former gymnastics doctor.

 

Putin: Russia list is a hostile move driven by Trump foes

MOSCOW — Mixing irony with scorn, President Vladimir Putin on Thursday described a new list including Russian officials and tycoons under a U.S. sanctions law as a hostile and “stupid” move spearheaded by President Donald Trump's political foes, but he said the Kremlin will refrain from retaliation for now.

 


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Military air training planned

Military jets will fly over Yamhill County at times during the next week as the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing hosts another air combat training session. A similar training event ...

Humlies earn judges' praise, America's vote

We Three, the Humlie sibling band from McMinnville, won the hearts of “America’s Got Talent” viewers Tuesday and advanced to the next round of the television talent competition. The ...

Air quality alert extended through Friday Morning

An air quality alert for the Portland Metro area and Willamette Valley issued by the Portland office of the National Weather Service has been extended through Friday morning. The alert was first posted ...

 
Ribbon cutters: Model airplanes a big hit at Valley View show

Four miniature planes flew at other’s tails, each with a long string trailing behind. The goal? To sever the strings until just one remained. From the ground, McMinnville Aircraft Modelers (MAM) ...

 
West Valley program to aid traumatized kids

WILLAMINA — The classrooms at A Family Place relief nurseries are typical for youngsters between 1 and 5, with toys, stuffed animals and books scattered throughout. But look closer, and you’ll ...

 
Crowds dwindle at prison, but voices still raised in protest

Gurpreet K. Singh of Beaverton visits the federal penitentiary in Sheridan every month for what has become a combination worship service and protest for 123 refugees imprisoned there. Her prayers are ...

 
Yamhill drug dealer draws prison term

Sheryl Sublet, who was known to receive heroin and methamphetamine from Southern California through the mail, has been sentenced to six years in prison. The 61-year-old Sublet, a rural Yamhill resident, ...

 
Adult spelling bee supports Book Buddies

Dylan Weaver’s never witnessed heckling at a spelling bee until he started attending the library’s adult spelling bee, where if you miss a word, you can grab a beer and move on. “It’s ...

McMinnville man avoids injury in fatal crash

A McMinnville man escaped injury Saturday morning in a multi-vehicle crash in rural Marion County that claimed the life of a motorcyclist. The crash occurred about 9 a.m. east of Salem on Highway 22E ...

 
Annual Harvest Fest this weekend at historical museum

The Yamhill County Historical Society will hold its annual Harvest Fest Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19, at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center at the intersection of Highway 18 and Durham Lane. The ...

Mac grad among women suing Nike

PORTLAND — A McMinnville High grad and three other women who once worked for Nike filed a federal lawsuit alleging the company violated state and U.S. equal-pay laws and fostered a work environment ...

Amity board approves transportation contract

AMITY — The Amity School Board approved a special education transportation contract with First Student at its Wednesday night meeting last week. This was the board’s 2018-19 organizational ...

Neuman leaving; Y-C looking for interim high school principal

YAMHILL -- Greg Neuman is leaving Yamhill-Carlton High School in order to become principal of West Linn High School. The change will not effect Y-C High classes, according to Superintendent Charan Cline, ...

Even Stevens shops close in Arizona

Five Even Stevens Sandwiches locations have been closed in Arizona, according to a Thursday story in the Phoenix Business Journal. “Restaurant in downtown Phoenix, Chandler and Tempe remain open,” ...

County approves change in TB funding, findings for land use

Yamhill County Commissioners on Thursday approved a change in the county’s agreement with the Oregon Health Authority for funding to fight tuberculosis. According to a memo from Health and Human ...

Brewery approved near Carlton

Yamhill County Planning Department approved a second brewery and tasting room in farm country, in June, despite objections from Friends of Yamhill County. The brewery, located 10280 N.E. Abbey Road between ...

Grant will pay for rebuilding airport tarmac

The McMinnville City Council is scheduled to accept a $253,048 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to improve the tarmac at the McMinnville Municipal Airport. Councilors will likely accept ...

State, city blend their legislative wish lists

The McMinnville City Council and League of Oregon Cities will be singing from the same hymnal when the Oregon Legislature convenes Jan. 22 — for the most part. League officials asked city councils ...

 
Bonamici, staff pitch in on local Habitat house

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and some of her aides wore work clothes and hard hats, rolled up their sleeves and traveled to McMinnville Aug. 8 to apply muscle and sweat to a new Habitat for Humanity house. Well, ...

 
Lafayette celebrates its first National Night Out

LAFAYETTE — Brown and gray horses Ceito and Chetski welcomed the attention from passersby at Tuesday’s National Night Out in Lafayette. They munched on hay as youngsters admired their soft ...

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Mac grad among women suing Nike

PORTLAND — A McMinnville High grad and three other women who once worked for Nike filed a federal lawsuit alleging the company violated state and U.S. equal-pay laws and fostered a work environment ...

Officials report steady progress on rape kit backlog

SALEM — A backlog of rape kits in Oregon is a year away from being eliminated following the passage of a state law mandating quicker testing, officials say.

 

Water department on track to overspend litigation budget

SALEM — Oregon's water regulators are rapidly spending the $835,000 they have available for litigation and may go nearly $1.3 million over budget in the 2017-2019 biennium. The Capital Press reports ...

Cougar euthanized after several sightings in Oregon town

SILVERTON — Oregon wildlife officials say they were forced to trap and euthanize a cougar after several reported sightings of the animals in and around the town of Silverton. “The cougar ...

Oregon effort to declare health care a right falters

SALEM — An effort to insert an amendment in Oregon's Constitution making health care a right died amid concerns by lawmakers that it would expose the state to lawsuits.

 

Man who killed Oregon truck weighmaster gets life sentence

PORTLAND — A 44-year-old man who admitted to killing an assistant truck weighmaster in Oregon has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years served before he's eligible for ...

Oregon pollution plan moves forward

SALEM — A plan intended to address Oregon air standards following the discovery of airborne pollutants in Portland neighborhoods advanced Tuesday in the Legislature.

 

Oregon senator wants making threats against schools a felony

SALEM — Amid a spate of threats of attacks at schools following a Feb. 14 massacre in a Florida high school, a lawmaker in Oregon has introduced an amendment making it a felony to make such a threat ...

Oregon legislature sends homeless removal bill to Governor

SALEM — Oregon legislators have sent a proposal to Governor Kate Brown that would allow the state's largest city to coordinate with the Department of Transportation to remove homeless encampments.

 

Gift to Oregon Senate GOP leader created ethical quandary

SALEM — Ted Ferrioli, the Senate Republican leader in Oregon until he stepped down in January, was presented with a beautiful wool blanket by leaders of Indian tribes as a parting gift, throwing him into an ethical quandary.

 

Oregon moves toward state net neutrality law

SALEM — In response to moves by federal regulators ending net neutrality, and citing a looming deadline, Oregon legislators advanced a proposal aimed at forcing internet service providers in the state to treat all types of content equally.

 

Oregon child molester sentenced to 12 years

PORTLAND — A judge sentenced a convicted child molester to 12 ½ years in prison despite a 17-year-old Portland girl recanting her story of sexual abuse. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Leslie ...

Oregon governor cites Florida shooting in local gun control

SALEM — Oregon's governor, backing gun-control legislation on Tuesday before a panel of state senators, said anguished voices in the wake of the school shooting in Florida must be heard.

 

Portland affordable housing measure may impact building

PORTLAND — Portland's apartment-building binge appears to be ending. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that applications for new housing developments have slowed in the past year. Contributing to ...

US scientists try crowdsourcing to stop invasive mussels

BOISE — The invasive quagga and zebra mussels have a $100,000 bounty on their “heads.”

The U.S. government is offering the six-figure prize for the best suggestion on how to stop their relentless and destructive spread because scientists say they are stumped.

 

Guilty plea for teen accused of sparking Oregon wildfire

HOOD RIVER — A teenager charged in juvenile court with starting an explosive wildfire in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge last fall by tossing a lit firecracker into the woods pleaded guilty Friday ...

Oregon lawmakers seek expanded gun purchase ban for abusers

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers want to expand a ban on the purchase or possession of firearms by people with domestic violence records or restraining orders.

 

Oregon reports increase in deaths related to meth use

SALEM — Deaths connected to the use of methamphetamine have reached higher rates than previously recorded in Oregon, surpassing the death rates from heroin and nearly matching the rates from opioids, ...

Judicial nominee resigns from bar diversity committee

PORTLAND — A federal prosecutor nominated to be a federal judge has resigned as chair of the Multnomah Bar Association's equity, diversity and inclusion committee after opinion pieces he wrote critical ...

Bill to amend Oregon Constitution lands in health committee

SALEM — The president of Oregon's Senate on Wednesday told a committee headed by a retired nurse who's bullish on public health care to consider a bill that asks voters to amend the state Constitution to make health care a fundamental right.

 

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